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In the Media - January 2014 Roundup

Meryl Streep ’71

The Hollywood Reporter noted that Meryl Streep ’71 received the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Icon Award. CNN and several publications announced her Oscar nomination (Best Actress) for her role in August: Osage County. Streep has won three Oscars and has been nominated 18 times. The New Yorker reported on the National Board of Review’s annual gala, at which she was chosen to present Emma Thompson with the Best Actress award for Saving Mr. Banks. During her heralded speech, Streep lauded Thompson’s qualities and remarked upon the sexist nature of Hollywood, Walt Disney, and others.

Jonás Cuarón ’05

The film Gravity, co-written by Jonás Cuarón ’05 and his father, Alfonso Cuarón, received 10 Oscar nods, including a nomination for Best Picture. The Cuaróns discuss the most difficult scene written for the film on Vulture, a New York magazine entertainment blog.

BroadwayWorld.com wrote about the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, currently accepting applications for its summer session.

Melinda Gates named Chelsea Katzenberg ’08 one of “The Most Inspiring Women and Girls I Met This Year” on Impatient Optimists, the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Katzenberg is a schoolteacher in the Bronx.

In a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor, President Catharine Hill discusses the benefits of and resources for subsidies for low-income college students and criticizes the rise in non-need-based aid, which, she says, increases the subsidy for higher-income families at the expense of needier ones. Hill also spoke to National Journal about the incentives elite colleges face in not enrolling low-income students, remarking that many colleges are not need-blind and committed to meeting the full needs of low-income students.

Vassar was named one of the top 10 best values in the nation among private colleges by the Princeton Review in its annual rankings—as revealed in the Poughkeepsie Journal and USA Today—coming in at number seven. The first article includes a quote from President Catharine Hill.

Inside Higher Ed and several other media outlets reported on the White House summit on access to education. President Catharine Hill was one of more than 100 higher education leaders invited to participate in the event.

Elizabeth “Betty” Daniels ’41

The Poughkeepsie Journal published the obituary of Elizabeth “Betty” Daniels ’41, who passed away on January 28 at the age of 93. Daniels served on the faculty and as an administrator before becoming Vassar’s first historian in 1985.

Kiplinger highlighted programs offered by museums and universities that give ordinary tourists greater access to places otherwise unavailable to them. The story mentions a Vassar-sponsored trip to India that included Dale Mezzacappa ’72 and professor emeritus Glen Johnson.

A Wall Street Journal article featured attorney Jeffrey Smith ’74, chairman of the Osborne Association, an 80-year-old organization that provides approximately 8,000 formerly incarcerated people with group mentoring, transition assistance, and employment services in an effort to reduce recidivism.

Politicker.com revealed that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio named Marco Carrión ’96 as the commissioner of the  Community Affairs Unit. Carrión will be responsible for connecting City Hall to communities across the city.

Alexa Meade ’09—whose artwork incorporates her photographs of live painted subjects—was featured in PolicyMic and Visual News. The articles include videos of Meade discussing her work, which seeks to transform three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional photos.

Sherrilyn Ifill ’84

A PBS NewsHour story on discipline policies at U.S. schools included commentary from Sherrilyn Ifill ’84, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ifill argues that punitive policies in some regions of the country are overcriminalized for certain problems such as disrupting class and using foul language.

A Tampa Bay Times article highlighted the Veterans Posse Program, which Vassar helped to develop and through which the college most recently welcomed 11 veterans into the Class of 2017. The program—which received a $1.2 million Global Impact Award from Google and is expected to expand to other colleges—was also mentioned on NationSwell and in a Poughkeepsie Journal opinion piece written by NYS Assemblywoman Didi Barrett.

Lauren Rolfe’s ’79 book The Photographed Cat: Picturing Human-Feline Ties, 1890-1940, was featured in the New York Post.

Founder’s Day—celebrating the birthday of Matthew Vassar—made the list of the 100 Greatest College Traditions on CampusGrotto.

The Star-Ledger chronicled the story of “Vassar Fudge,” popularized by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, Class of 1892, who received the recipe from a classmate’s cousin. According to the article, Hartridge went on to become the owner and president of the Misses Scribner and Newton’s School for Girls in Plainfield, N.J.

Quincy Mills

Associate Professor of History Quincy Mills’ book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America was the topic of a radio interview on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. The book focuses on the importance barbershops played as a gathering place for African American men to talk freely.

The New York Times reviewed Decolonizing the Exhibition: Contemporary Inuit Prints and Drawings from the Edward J. Guarino Collection at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The article covers the exhibit as well as the related fall semester course in which students performed critical analyses of Native American art and its representations.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reported on Vassar’s expansion of its Transitions program to include veterans. Transitions began as a pilot orientation program designed for students from challenged financial backgrounds who may find the move to Vassar socially and educationally challenging.

The James W. Palmer III Gallery Teen Visions ’14 exhibition was profiled in the Poughkeepsie Journal. On display through February 13, the show features more than 100 works of art created by Mid-Hudson Valley students in grades six through 12.

The Malick Sidibé: Chemises exhibition was highlighted in Roll Magazine. Sidibé’s photographs capture the social, cultural, and political transformation of Mali from the 1950s to the mid-1970s.

Adene “Dee” Wilson ’69, co-founder and organizer of Modfest, was interviewed about the festival by WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.

Harry Roseman's Curtain Wall

Professor of Art Harry Roseman’s work Curtain Wall, a 600-foot public art display at Kennedy International Airport, was the topic of articles published in the Poughkeepsie Journal and the New York Times. Curtain Wall, a collection of 58 sculptures of cream-colored curtains blowing in the wind, might be removed from its location in order to make more room for airport travelers.

Philanthropy News Digest noted that the documentary Shored Up, directed and produced by Ben Kalina ’98, was awarded a Hilton Worldwide LightStay Sustainability Fund & Award—in conjunction with Hilton Worldwide and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. Shored Up explores shoreline building amid rising sea levels.

A photo by Robert Nickelsberg

Photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg’s campus discussion of his book Afghanistan: A Distant War was mentioned in Roll Magazine. Nickelsberg has been covering Afghanistan since 1988, while on assignment for Time magazine.

The New York Times memorialized Martha Beck ’60 following her recent death. Beck, a curator of fine sketches, founded and directed The Drawing Center in SoHo, Manhattan. She was known for convincing renowned museums throughout the world to lend her drawings from such artists as Donatello, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Cézanne.

The Yale Alumni Magazine discusses Vassar’s role as one of the top selective schools enrolling students who qualify for Pell Grants. The story mentions the college’s reinstatement of need-blind admissions, raising its Pell Grant undergraduate population from nine percent to 24 percent since 2006.

Tim Koechlin, director of Vassar’s International Studies Program, authored an opinion piece on soaring inequalities in the U.S. in the Huffington Post. The article details the failures of trickle-down economics and the need for changes in national priorities.

Wired magazine profiled Luca Iaconi-Stewart ’13 in the article “Meet the World’s Best Paper Airplane Maker.” Iaconi-Stewart built a meticulously detailed scale model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folders.

--Photos of Jonás Cuarón and Quincy T. Mills courtesy of John Abbott; photo of Curtain Wall by Will Faller; photo of Sherrilyn Ifill courtesy of NAACP LDF; photos of Meryl Streep and Elizabeth “Betty” Daniels provided by Vassar Media Collection.